Gmail plus make your life easier 😙

3.9 billion users, yes Gmail is massive and has a lot of cool features.

Today we will be looking at the Gmail + plus action to make your life easier!

Nowadays, we get so much email and it gets cluttered quickly.

Note: Check out my article on achieving Inbox Zero

Gmail + email address

In Gmail you get a specific email address let's say:

info@daily-dev-tips.com or chrisbongers@gmail.com

You can also use a plus to receive certain emails:

info+social@daily-dev-tips.com or chrisbongers+spam@gmail.com

These will arrive in your normal mailbox!

Gmail + address

That is already very cool. You can use it to sign into one service with the same address (Twitter personal + business)

But, we are using it to put emails in certain categories!

Gmail + sign filter

First, go to the filter section and add a new filter:

  1. Settings
  2. Filters and Blocked Addresses
  3. Create a new Filter

Gmail create a new filter

Within this filter, type the email address in the To field.

Filter on To field

Hit the Create filter button

Then we can set up our filter however we like. In my case I'm only sending these emails to a specific category, but you could also mark them as read for instance.

Gmail filter settings

That's it! Emails send to info+social@daily-dev-tips.com will now end up in my Social category.

Have fun, and create some amazing filters to make your life easier! 😙

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Prateek Aher's photo

I use 10 Minute Mail. Their service allows me to create a temporary email address that lasts for 10mins. I use this to signup to websites with whom I can't share my real email on account of ending up in their spam list. Those 10mins also allow me to validate it via the confirmation link those services send.

Chris Bongers's photo

Oh awesome way to prevent spam subscription

Alyssa Holland's photo

Nice tip!

I’ve used the + before when doing regression testing and needing to fake having multiple email accounts. But I never thought to use it and then create a subsequent filter for it in Gmail. I’ll definitely have to give that a try.

Chris Bongers's photo

It's amazing for multiple purposes actually. Spam detection / Multi signup / And these filters

Peter Thaleikis's photo

+1 ;)